February 2013

Farewell to our Holy Father Benedict XVI
(Saturday, 2 March 2013 )
Starting over again
(Saturday, 2 March 2013 )

Liberation! When God called Moses to lead the people out of Egypt, they escaped from slavery into freedom, from misery into the Promised Land. The Chosen People, despite their unworthiness, had a fresh chance to live in God’s love.

The experience of liberation is easy to imagine. Think of the dungeon gates opening or the pardoned prisoners released into the sunlight.

Think of a refugee...

Third Sunday of Lent
(Saturday, 2 March 2013 )

, preface of the third Sunday of Lent (purple).
Exodus 3:1-8a, 13-15; 
1 Corinthians 10:1-6, 10-12; Luke 13:1-9.

Mass of the day, Lenten preface (purple).

Forty testimonies to pope during Lent
(Saturday, 2 March 2013 )

LONDON (Agencies): On each of the 40 days of Lent, 40 young people in the United Kingdom (UK) will share their testimony of how Pope Benedict XVI has impacted upon their faith and their lives, Zenit.org reported.

Beginning on February 13, Ash Wednesday, just two days after Pope Benedict announced his resignation from the papacy to the world, the diverse testimonies have included those of Lisette Carr, a young...

Asia’s hopes for popes
(Saturday, 2 March 2013 )

BANGKOK (SE): “Rejuvenate,” is the word Father Nithiya Sagayam, the executive secretary of the Office for Human Development of the Federation of Asian Bishops’ Conferences, chose to describe his hopes for popes.

The Indian Franciscan said that he dreams of a pope who can rejuvenate the word, launch new hope and raise a prophetic and merciful voice amidst the racket of the current climate....

Pancake Mass saves lives
(Saturday, 2 March 2013 )

SYDNEY (SE): The annual Pancake Mass was celebrated at St. Peter’s parish in Surry Hills, an inner suburb of Sydney, Australia, to mark the beginning of the 40-Days for Life Lenten Campaign in Sydney archdiocese on Shrove Tuesday, February 13.

“Each year the launch gets bigger and so does the pancake production,” the coordinator of the event, Maria Campos, remarked.


Pioneer of natural family planning 
in China mourned
(Saturday, 2 March 2013 )

MELBOURNE (SE): A doctor and former member of the Pontifical Council for Life, Evelyn Billings, better known for her work in developing what became known as the Billings Method with her husband John, died in Melbourne, Australia, at 6.00am on February 16. She was 95-years-old.

While she saw her greatest achievement as becoming the mother of nine children, grandmother to 39 and great grandmother to 31, the name...

Living with faith
(Saturday, 2 March 2013 )

The Rite of the First Scrutiny for those receiving the sacraments of initiation at Easter is held on this, the third Sunday of Lent. Godparents are also asked to be present at this rite as people prepare to enter new life in God.

All up, there are three scrutinies on consecutive Sundays leading up to Easter. They run under the themes of living water, true light and life. The gospel reading at the first scrutiny is...

Scottish cardinal bows out of the conclave
(Saturday, 2 March 2013 )


HONG KONG (SE): “Over the centuries, the cardinals have faced multiple forms of pressure exerted on the individual voters and the same college, with the aim of conditioning decisions, to bend them to a political or worldly logic,” a terse communiqué from the Vatican Secretariat of State released on February 23 reads.

The communiqué goes on to say that in bygone days it was often...

Fresh initiatives call people back to church
(Saturday, 2 March 2013 )

WENZHOU (SE): Witness to faith, a retreat, offering the opportunity to receive the sacrament of reconciliation are just some of many initiatives undertaken by Wenzhou diocese, in Zhejiang province, China, to make this Lenten season during the present Year of the Faith a fruitful one for the people.

Articles posted on the diocesan website on February 13 and 14 said that the cathedral parish hosted a two-day Lenten...